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St. Augustine toy piano factory The Schoenhut Piano Company oldest in the world

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- In a warehouse building that looks like any of the others along U.S. 1 in St. Johns County, workers are preparing massive shipments.

Thousands of boxes. 

Forklifts.

FedEx Trucks in and out.

These boxes heading around the world aren't filled with computer parts, or automotive gear, but instead with tiny toy pianos.

"Schoenhut is renowned for being the oldest and most popular toy piano company in the world," said Renee Trinca. 

Renee and her husband purchased the 140-year-old piano company back in the 1990s and moved the facility here to St. Augustine back in 2000.

They've got two warehouses full of the pianos and other toy instruments.

"We've probably got 50 or 60 thousand in this one warehouse," she said.

They're constantly shipping pianos to individual buyers but also every major toy and music store.

"They are designed for children so they hopefully move on to a music career," she said.

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